Heaven’s Door Whiskey, Bob Dylan’s evolving collection of American whiskeys, and Redbreast Irish Whiskey, the world renowned Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, have launched a limited edition 10 Year Old Bourbon finished in Redbreast casks. The collaboration was run by Master Blenders, Ryan Perry of Heaven’s Door and Billy Leighton of Redbreast Irish Whiskey, and has, somewhat appropriately, been named “The Master Blenders’ Edition.” Marrying the best of American and Irish whiskey, The Master Blenders’ Edition has already been awarded a Double Gold medal in a blind tasting in the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
A collaboration more than two years in the making, Ryan Perry and Billy Leighton worked together on a many different blends and barrel finishes to arrive at their final whiskey. As a lover of Irish Whiskey and of Redbreast in particular, Heaven’s Door Founder, Bob Dylan, worked closely with the Master Blenders and sampled over a dozen blends before settling on the final selection. “Mr. Dylan is a perfectionist and knows his whiskey,” said Billy Leighton. “His engagement and enthusiasm for this collaboration made this project even more special.”
The Master Blenders’ Edition features Heaven’s Door 10 year old Straight Bourbon finished in Redbreast’s signature Single Pot Still Casks for 15 months, extracting flavour from single pot Irish whiskey and formerly Spanish sherry. The end result is a taste profile unlike any American whiskey and delivers prominent notes of nuts, spice and leather, as well as the influence of sherry, citrus, dark fruit, and a subtle sweetness of Yellow Man from the Redbreast casks.
The Master Blenders’ Edition Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Full and complex body with notes of red apples, figs and dates.
Palate: Marzipan and walnut with buttery ground nut sweetness, raisin, and nougat.
Finish: Delicate with a touch of honey and coconut and subtle sweetness from Irish honeycomb.
Ryan Perry said: “We’re honoured to have had the opportunity to work with Billy and the rest of the Redbreast team to bring The Master Blenders’ Edition to life. Heaven’s Door was founded around the spirit of collaboration, and this was a dream partnership for our brand. I can honestly say that the final flavour profile blew us away. The Master Blenders’ Edition allows both the American and Irish Whiskey distilling traditions to shine through,” said Billy Leighton, Redbreast Irish Whiskey’s Master Blender. “We think fans of Redbreast, Heaven’s Door, and whiskey enthusiasts everywhere will be delighted with what they taste with this product.”
The Master Blenders’ Edition is bottled at 50% ABV in Heaven’s Door’s signature bottle, featuring a new gate design created by Bob Dylan in his Black Buffalo Ironworks studio, as well as Redbreast’s iconic Robin. Available in very limited quantities on ReserveBar.com The Master Blenders’ Edition is being released in the U.S. just in time for Father’s Day. It will also be available in limited quantities in September in the UK and Ireland. With a suggested retail price of $99.99 for a 750ml bottle and a single limited bottling, once this release is gone, it is gone for good.